Meadows housing project seeks changes

The market has spoken leaving Jack Oviatt to file for an amendment to the zoning for his proposed The Meadows project.

The market has spoken leaving Jack Oviatt to file for an amendment to the zoning for his proposed The Meadows active-adult living complex.

Initially the project was planned to be strata-controlled tri-plexes, but customers at an April open house on the project indicated they’d rather have freehold homes, and no one wanted the middle units, said Oviatt.

So council now has received the application for the land, at the northeast corner of Lahakas Boulevard and Quatsino, and the plan has been referred to the advisory planning commission and the advisory housing committee.

A public hearing has also been scheduled for Oct. 15 regarding these proposals.

The change to the zoning, from R3-A Multi-family to R1-B Single Family, does go against the housing objectives in the current Official Community Plan, according to District administration.

However Oviatt told council that there’s no one out there willing to develop the land as it’s zoned, rendering it effectively useless until rezoning can allow different uses.

“I realize the new zoning does not meet the present requirements of the OCP but as many of you know I’ve been trying for several years to give the land to developers who want to develop it under the present zoning with no success,” he said.

The housing proposal does tie into needs addressed by a recent housing assessment done for Kitimat, which found the housing stock “is no longer suitable for the aging population and lacks options for persons with special needs.”

The homes would be designed so that they are accessible to an aging population.

Just Posted

Australian gold mining giant acquires Red Chris mine

Newcrest now owns 70 per cent of the mine south of Iskut and operatorship

All Nations Driving Academy gets $360K boost from province

Terrace-based driving school bridges gap in services for remote northwest B.C. communities

Skeena Watershed reopened for recreational pink and coho

Four sections and tributaries remain closed

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates react to finding Trudeau broke ethics law

The election campaign is heating up before the writ has even dropped

Body of ATV rider recovered from bottom of Terrace trail

BC Coroners Service investigating death of man in his 70s

VIDEO: Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “clear history” feature more than a year ago

RCMP originally planned to arrest Meng Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyers say

The allegations have not been proven in court. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver airport at the behest of the U.S.

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Ethics commissioner ready to testify on Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin: NDP critic

A new poll suggests the report hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Pregnant teachers fight to change WorkSafeBC compensation rules

Agency does not recognize risk to unborn babies when mother catches illness from work

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Most Read